Doncaster Rovers v Peterborough United: Paul Goodwin’s verdict

Leeds United's Michael Brownand Doncaster Rovers' Fabien Robert lock horns.
Leeds United's Michael Brownand Doncaster Rovers' Fabien Robert lock horns.

DONCASTER Rovers are not about to go down without a fight.

But they would give themselves a much better chance of survival if they keep their heads - and keep their cool.

Ever since I started covering Rovers five years ago, the club has gone about its business with a great deal of dignity and class.

But the ugly scenes at the end of a gut-wrenching defeat to Leeds - regardless of who instigated it - left a very sour taste in the mouth.

It is the sort of behaviour that needs to be nipped in the bud right now - before it harms Doncaster’s chances of staying up.

Unnecessary and avoidable incidents like the one in the Elland Road tunnel can cause rifts in the dressing room.

Some players will stick up for their team-mates, others will distance themselves from the fisticuffs.

A line needs to be drawn under it.

This is a time when everyone at Doncaster Rovers needs to be pulling in the same direction.

It is a time for cool heads under pressure.

And when Peterborough visit the Keepmoat Stadium this weekend it is time to show the same sort of fighting qualities on the pitch - because time is quickly running out.

What happened at the end of the game at Leeds - at least on Doncaster’s part - was probably caused by the frustration of seeing three massive points slip away in all too familiar fashion.

Old habits die hard at Doncaster it seems.

Now Rovers have to pick themselves up, dust themselves down, and prove that Leeds’ late sucker punch was not a knockout blow.

With so many games in such a short space of time, these next few weeks are pivotal to Doncaster’s season.

It’s now or never, if they are to start clambering to safety.

And they will not get a better chance of ending their five-game search for a win than the visit of plummeting Peterborough.

Prediction: Rovers 1 Peterborough 0